Shelter Services: Supporting Residents + Community Members

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Catholic Charities of Boston is proud to operate five temporary and permanent residential shelters in Eastern Massachusetts, dedicated primarily to women and children. Our shelters in Dorchester, Lowell, Newton Roxbury and Somerville serve almost 50 families and 130 people, and act as safe havens for young pregnant women, young mothers, women suffering from substance addition, those fleeing abusive situations, and homeless women.

All of our shelters are staffed by trained women and men who help guide each resident through their path to self-sufficiency and independent living.

Although COVID-19 and the resulting guidelines have had an effect on each of our shelters, our staff remains dedicated to caring for each of the residents and working to get them back on their feet and to a place of self-sufficiency, as well as supporting the greater community. In our work, we see our community members during some of the most difficult times of their lives, and we strive to be a safe place for them to land while we work with them to build a successful future.  We provide not only shelter, but meals, trainings and activities for our residents.

We are privileged to have the support of community partners who help us provide meals, personal items and basic necessities to each of our residents and to those in need living in our communities, as well as generous donors who continue to support our work. For the team at CCAB, our work extends far beyond the walls of our buildings. Our goal is to provide compassionate support to all who need it, and that includes those living in the surrounding neighborhoods of our shelters. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been able to deliver essential items to our neighbors in need, and we are truly grateful to all who make this possible.


Pictured above, members from our St. Ambrose Family Shelter prepare to deliver items to our Dorchester neighbors in need, and a generous donor delivers items for our shelter residents.

Your support is needed now more than ever to help our shelter residents through this time of great uncertainty. Please consider making a donation that will enable us to continue caring for the families and individuals in our shelters and helping them get back on their feet.